Five percent of registered nurses said they'll stop directly caring for patients and 2% reported plans to leave nursing altogether within a year, according to a Web-based survey conducted by the American Nurses Association. Nearly 75,900 hospital RNs in 44 states responded to the survey, which was conducted in 2004 between April and October.
Another 1% planned to retire, though 79% said they expect to be working in the same hospital on the same unit for the next year. Eight of 10 nurses reported working overtime and 26% said they'd been sent to work in hospital units to which they are not typically assigned within two weeks prior to completing the survey.
About half, 51%, reported being satisfied with their salary and 59% said they were satisfied with their chief nursing officer. Sixty-three percent reported being satisfied overall with their job.